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Tower On The Moor

Hob Uid: 352844
Location :
Lincolnshire
East Lindsey
Woodhall Spa
Grid Ref : TF2109063980
Summary : The standing and buried remains of a medieval brick fortified tower known as the Tower on the Moor. The tower is believed to have been built in the mid 15th century as a hunting lodge for Ralph, Lord Cromwell, whose fortified house was located 6km to the south at Tattershall Castle. Documentary sources indicate that the tower was partly dismantled in the latter part of the 15th century when brick from the Tower on the Moor were used for repairs at Tattershall Castle. The remains of the tower survive as a buried feature, although a projecting stair turret still stands. Standing four storeys high, it is built chiefly of red brick, thought to have been locally produced, laid in English bond. Sections of the tower walls project from the south eastern side of the stair turret. The visible remains of the tower walls measure up to 2 metres in length and stand up to three storeys high with bonding scars visible on the upper storeys of the turret wall. Archaeological excavation of part of the buried foundations has indicated that the tower measures 9 metres square.
More information : [TF 21096398] Tower on the Moor [GT]. (1)

Rectangular brick tower, which gave the name to the moor, built about 1440, by Lord Treasurer Cromwell. Originally 60 ft. high, but the upper part and the winding staircase, are gone, Scheduled. (2)

The remaining portion is an octagonal stair tower to an original four storey building.
See GP AO/64/65/8. (3)

TF 209 639 Excavation in 1969 by L Keen and N Hawley. There is documentary evidence that bricks were taken from the tower to repair Tattershall Castle in 1472. (4)

Listed as a possible castle by Cathcart King. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1956
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : White W. 1872. Directory of Lincolnshire, 3, 334
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHS 03-NOV-64
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Source Number : 4
Source : Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
Source details : R Wilson
Page(s) : 191
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Vol(s) : 14, 1970
Source Number : 5
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 12-Jan-00
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : East Lindsey, 06-SEP-1985
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Vol(s) : 1095
Source Number : 7
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the islands. Volume I : Anglesey - Montgomery
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built mid C15
Monument End Date : 1466
Monument Start Date : 1433
Monument Type : Hunting Lodge, Fortified House
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit, Ruined Building

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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Lincolnshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 5
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LI 5
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 33125
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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 195247
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TF 26 SW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TF 26 SW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1964-11-03
End Date : 1964-11-03
Associated Activities : Primary, WOODHALL SPA
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1969-01-01
End Date : 1969-12-31